Joe Wikert is Publishing President at Our Sunday Visitor (www.osv.com). Before joining OSV Joe was Director of Strategy and Business Development at Olive Software. Prior to Olive Software he was General Manager, Publisher, & Chair of the Tools of Change (TOC) conference at O’Reilly Media, Inc., where he managed each of the editorial groups at O’Reilly as well as the Microsoft Press team and the retail sales organization. Before joining O’Reilly Joe was Vice President and Executive Publisher at John Wiley & Sons, Inc., in their P/T division.

The cost of scanning, converting, and digitizing content seems to decline every year. As a result, we're seeing all sorts of print archives being converted to digital products. The problem is that too many publishers are applying the "if you build it, they will come" approach to these archives.

Simply creating the digital archive might be good enough for a small market of professional researchers, but it will never attract the larger consumer audience; flipping virtually flipping through stacks of old content loses its appeal fairly quickly.

Springer and the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM) will partner to publish BCAM SpringerBriefs. The books will consist of concise summaries of cutting-edge research and practical applications in mathematics.

These new SpringerBriefs will focus on the publication of content in a number of disciplines within mathematics. These fields include applied mathematics, finance, statistics and computer science. BCAM has appointed an international board to manage the editorial responsibility for the new books, made up by Enrique Zuazua in Bilbao, Spain; Irene Fonseca in Pittsburgh, USA; Juan J. Manfredi in Pittsburgh, USA; Emmanuel Trélat in Paris, France; and Xu Zhang in Chengdu, China. All books in the series will be available as eBooks on Springer’s online platform, SpringerLink (link.springer.com), and in print-on-demand (POD) format.

From The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has opened a digital archive that will let Internet users worldwide view more than a half million pages of historical documents about the city’s iron and steel heritage. The library’s Pittsburgh Iron and Steel Heritage Collection — now online at www.carnegielibrary.org/ironsteel — contains more than 500,000 [...]

NEW YORK — Starting this week and continuing into 2012, virtually all Michael Chabon novels, stories and other writings will become available as ebooks, news the author looks upon with pleasure and resignation. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” Chabon has been a published author since 1988, long enough to land on both sides of the legal and financial digital divide. Chabon controls e-rights to such early works as “Wonder Boys” and his acclaimed debut novel “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” because they came out well before the electronic era and digital editions

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